Antonio Frasconi

Artist's Biography

Sanitation Workers, Memphis, 1968.

Woodcut and offset lithograph, 1990.
Image size 24 x 26" (61 x 66 cm). Average paper size 41 x 30".
Good condition, small tear in lower margin.
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 94050
Price: $1,000.00
Publisher :
From "The Enduring Struggle, Tom Joad's America" graphics by Antonio Frasconi, an introduction by Leon F. Litwack, published in 1991.

From the colophon "... In my many years of being involved with fine printing, this project has been a most challenging one; the combination of offset lithography and woodcut within the same image created problems that I could not have solved without the tremendous help of our Master Printer "extraordinaire", Technical Specialist, and Computer Programmer, John Mastracchio, as well as his associates, Cliff Meador and Ilse Schreiber."

On February 1, 1968, two black sanitation workers were crushed to death by a malfunctioning truck. Twelve days later 1,300 black sanitation workers voted to go on strike for safer working conditions and the city's refusal to recognize their sanitation workers union. On February 22 the city council voted to accept the worker's demand to join the union, however, the mayor denied the council's request. Protests and violence escalated against the black striking sanitation workers, galvanizing the community against the mayor and council. In March high school and college students, many of them white, were protesting alongside the sanitation workers. On March 18, 1969, Martin Luther King arrived and spoke to a crowd of 25,000, he encouraged everyone to support the striking sanitation workers by causing a citywide work stoppage. Due to a snowstorm, the protest was delayed until March 28. The demonstration got out of hand and police shot and killed a 16-year-old and followed other protestors into the Clayborn Temple releasing tear gas in the sanctuary.

signed, titled, and dated in pencil. Inscribed "2/10."
20th Century Subjects , Historical , Miscellaneous